Tuesday, 15 September 2009
The Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Professor Lyn Beazley, visited Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Mount Lawley campus on Saturday, 12 September to officially open the annual Science for Kids (S-Kids) Day.
This year, S-Kids Day brought 165 primary school children, along with their parents, to ECU to take part in challenging, interactive and fun science activities to encourage enthusiasm for science.
S-Kids Day has been hosted by ECU since 2005, in collaboration with the Science Teachers’ Association of Western Australia (STAWA) and Scitech, to promote further science education.
Activities were run by experienced science teachers and ECU staff, with support from pre-service teachers in ECU’s Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma of Education courses.
Lower primary school children were involved in a range of activities, including experimenting with slime, soaps and light.
Older children learnt about loop planes, helicopters and the solar system.
As well as providing a fun and informative day for the primary school children, S-Kids Day gave ECU’s pre-service teachers valuable experience working outside the traditional classroom setting.
S-Kids Coordinator and ECU Senior Education Lecturer, Geoff Lummis said the children came away from the day with a new awareness of science at work in the world around them.
“It’s great to see the kids develop an enthusiasm for science that they can expand on at home with their parents, or in the classroom at school,” he said.
ECU Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Arshad Omari said the continuation of this event was the result of strong partnerships between the University, STAWA, Scitech and ECU’s partner schools.
“As well as providing a fun and educational experience for our future scientists, Science for Kids Day is also a great way of thanking the partner schools that host our pre-service teachers and encourage their workplace learning” he said.
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